Greatest Concept Albums

1) Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)

    Released: March, 1973.

    Genres: Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock.

ImageThe Dark Side Of The Moon is the only concept album in history to sell more than 40 million copies worldwide. It’s concept: Chronicles the modern pressures (materialism, encroaching old age) that can combine and conspire to drive an ordinary person to insanity.

 

2) Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime (1988)

    Released: May, 1988.

    Genres: Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal.

ImageThe concept: Dr. X, a political puppet master brainwashes Nikki, a street punk and heroin addict, to assassinate corrupt public figures. Along the way, Nikki falls in love with wayward nun Sister Mary. However, Dr. X sees her as a potential threat to his rise to political dominance and orders Nikki to kill her.

 

3) The Who – Tommy (1969)

     Released: May, 1969.

     Genres: Rock Opera, Rock, Art Rock, Progressive Rock.

ImageThe concept: A young boy (Tommy) is rendered deaf, dumb and blind upon witnessing the fatal shooting of his returning war hero father by his stepfather. He turns to pinball and becomes a pinball wizard and a rock star-like deity, before being rejected by his followers.

 

4) Marillion – Misplaced Childhood (1985)

    Released: June, 1985.

    Genres: Neo-Prog.

ImageThe concept: A quasi-schizophrenic narrator guides the listener through a past littered with regret, sorrow and the occasional moment of joy. This is interspersed with narration from the present tense and ultimately leads to a redemption in the conclusion; the location of a lost childhood.

 

5) Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar (1996)

    Released: October, 1996.

    Genres: Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal.

ImageThe concept: Chronicles the evolution of a vulnerable, downtrodden boy who is transformed into the all-powerful Disintegrator, by way of a dauntless, hate-driven regime of resentment and revenge.

 

6) Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)

     Released: November, 1974.

     Genres: Progressive Rock, Rock Opera.

ImageThe concept: A Puerto-Rican juvenile delinquent named Rael, who lives in New York City, is swept underground to face bizarre creatures and nightmarish dangers in order to save his trapped brother John.

 

7) Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973)

     Released: October, 1973.

     Genres: Progressive Rock, Symphonic Prog, Symphonic Prog, Avant-Prog.

ImageThe concept: Based on the Hindu Shastric scriptures. The idea being that all religions ultimately give rise to a shared transcendent spiritual experience.

 

8) David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)

    Released: June, 1972.

    Genres: Glam Rock, Pop Rock , Art Rock, Rock Opera.

ImageThe concept: A Martian rock star named Ziggy Stardust arrives on Earth to deliver a simple message: let the children lead the way. However, during his time on Earth, he slowly starts to become a victim of his own rock-star excesses.

 

9) Rush – 2112 (1976)

    Released: April, 1976.

    Genres: Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Rock Opera.

ImageThe concept: In a future totalitarian society, music and all free thinking is banned. A young boy, however, finds a guitar in a cave and learns to play, much to the chagrin of the authorities.

 

10) Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)

      Released: November, 1979.

      Genres: Rock Opera, Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Symphonic Rock.

ImageThe concept: Traces the life of a fictional rock star named Pink, who isolates himself from society by building a imaginary wall, each brick being a pain-inducing incident in his life (childhood abuse, rock stardom, etc). In this way, he is able to life a life free of emotional troubles, but he soon begins to question whether he has lost the ability to be human again.

 

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